Photos of Appalachia: Round 1

A lot of people back home have been asking me: So what exactly are you doing in Mullens? For work, my job is to write grants for the Rural Appalachian Improvement League (RAIL) and manage our new youth program. Our goal for RAIL Youth Corps is to mentor young adults between the ages of 17 and 24, and teach them how to become entrepreneurs in the southern coalfields. I serve as a VISTA through Conservation Legacy, an organization that is supported by the Office of Continue reading

A Lesson for All Seasons

When you live along the Guyandotte River in West Virginia, you recognize the fine line between beauty and poverty. Every few years, many of the small towns that make up the southern coalfields get decimated by floodwaters. So people are forced to lie in wait, since the waters are hard to predict at times. The coal mines and the land companies tend to have a say in the quality of your life, if you live along the ribbons of rock, timber, rail and water. Most Continue reading